Here's a new Blogger XML template download for you: "A New Day".
Take a look at the demonstration blog for this new template to see it in action.
This is a pale, two column template with a wide posts area and sidebar (which should be wide enough to accommodate most wider styles of widgets, Adsense and possibly video too!).
You can download both the XML file and the HTML code for this template. Full instructions and download links are provided below.
Features of this template
A New Day is a wide two column template, providing ample room for posts and also provision for wider sidebar widgets.
The header section features an integrated "navigation" links list widget, so you can easily add and edit links to the main pages of your blog.
Other useful features include:
- Rounded corners for the sidebar widget headings
- Fonts and colors can be changed within the "Fonts and Colors" section in your Blogger dashboard.
- Author comment highlighting (with a different color heading for author's comments)
- Automatic "copyright" (according to blog title) in the lower footer section.
- Comment count below post titles
- Unique header image which spans the entire width of the page.
Using This Template
I have tried to ensure this template is as user-friendly as possible! A New Day should work "right out of the box" once this is uploaded to your blog.
The only thing you may need to configure is the "Link List" widget in the header section, which you can access in the Layout>Page Elements section of your dashboard. In this widget, you can add links to the important pages of your blog (such as your "About" and "Contact" pages. Or if you prefer not to feature such links, you can simply delete this altogether!
Fixed elements of this template
The main background, and the background images for the main area of the blog are embedded in the template code. As such, the colors of these areas cannot be changed, unless you are willing to alter these images and upload these to your own image host.
However, I do plan to bring out a darker version of this template in the near future for those of you who would prefer a darker color scheme for your blogs ;)
Other than this, all other elements of this template may be changed, including all fonts, font colors and the border colors (which will also alter the color of the sidebar widget borders).
You can change these elements dynamically from within the Fonts and Colors section of your Blogger dashboard.
Download Options for this template
There are two options for downloading this template: the XML template (which should be uploaded to your Blogger dashboard) and the HTML Code (a text based file which you should copy and paste).
Here are links to each download version, along with full instructions for your to upload this to your blog.
XML Template Download
The following is the XML version of the "A New Day" Blogger template. To download this template, right click and choose "Save As".
Save this XML file to a convenient location on your computer.
Then go to Layout>Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard. Near the top of this page, you will see a section which appears like this:
Use the "Browse" button to locate the XML template on your computer, then click on the "Upload" button to upload the "A New Day" template to your blog.
Once you have uploaded this template, you can then begin to add widgets, change the layout and tweak this template to your needs.
HTML Code Template Download
For those who prefer to copy and paste template code for their Blogger blogs, I have also provided the full HTML code for this template as a text file.
You can view or download this file using the link below:
You may either view this code by following the link in your browser, or download this text file to your computer.
To upload this template using the HTML template code, simply highlight all of the text and copy this to your clipboard. Then go to Layout>Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard. Highlight all of the code in the box, then paste the new code instead of the existing code.
Finally, preview your Blogger template to ensure everything looks well. If you have done this correctly, you should receive no errors and can proceed to save your new template.
Usage and Copyright Notice
All images featured in this template are hosted by Blogger Buster; you do not need to host these yourself (unless you would prefer to do so!).
This template is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This means that you may use, redistribute and modify this template in any way you like, so long as you provide correct attribution to the original author of this template in the form of a link back to Blogger Buster.
I hope that you enjoy this new template as much as I enjoyed creating it! Originally I had planned on using this for a new blog I've been working on, though as I was rather happy with the end result I didn't want to keep this to myself :)
Please do let me know your opinions or any questions about this template by leaving your comments below.